Random Art By Ernie Sams Arcadian 1, no. 6 (May. 4, 1979): 44.
Random Art, by Ernie Sams, is a video art program for the Bally Arcade. It appeared as a Bally BASIC program in the May 1979 issue of the Arcadian newsletter on page 44. It will run fine under the re-release of Bally BASIC, referred to as "AstroBASIC." This is the first video art program published in the Arcadian. This video overview uses the Bally BASIC version of Random Art, which runs just a little slower than it would run in "AstroBASIC."
The program's description from the newsletter is quite short, "Random Art is a quick little moving box program." Note how the program isn't even referred to as video art yet. What is a "moving box program," anyway? Random Art creates a single-color, random art pattern based upon width and height increments which are input by the user.
Ernie Sams was an earlier contributor to the Arcadian. The Arcadian published four other programs by Ernie; they are: Bangman, Bingo, Convert Hex to Decimal (the third full BASIC program published in the Arcadian), and Slot Machine.
0:00 - Random Art Titles and Overview 2:31 - Loading Random Art 2:40 - Random Art, Run 1 - Width = 3, Height = 4 5:33 - Random Art, Run 2 - Width = 6, Height = 9 6:54 - Random Art, Run 3 - Width = 3, Height = 3 13:58 - Random Art, Run 4 - Width = 7, Height = 11 15:33 - Random Art, Run 5 - Width = 5, Height = 7 18:05 - Random Art, BASIC Listing 18:20 - End Credits
Random Art is thirteen short lines of BASIC code. For such a simple program, it creates some very elaborate patterns. In this video I have run the program five different times giving different width and height increments each time. If you like this program, then I suggest that you run the program on an Astrocade and try some different parameters. Even small changes to the input can make significant differences to the patterns that the program creates.